JOCOM (Kleinmond Police Joint Operations Committee) meeting on Monday, 12 September 2022.
Crime drastically increased in the area over the recent past. Although statistically, most incidences occurred in Kleinmond with much smaller percentages in the neighbouring villages, it is vitally important for all to be vigilant and proactive.
Crime syndicates are targeting the area, specifically focusing on housebreaking and fraud.
For the two-week period from 29 August to 11 September, Housebreaking has significantly increased with a focus on Kleinmond (11), and reported cases in Betty's Bay (2), Pringle Bay (2), and Rooiels (2).
The criminals are well informed w.r.t. the homes they target and currently mostly focus on homes that are lacking basic security measures. e.g. unlocked or broken doors, no or not-activated alarm systems etc.
Fraud is currently focused on fraudulent electronic transactions of large items e.g. vehicles and large household items where payment is made, proof of payment is confirmed only to be discovered the transaction is reversed or payment was never made. These are highly knowledgeable individuals.
SAPS, security agencies, and neighbourhood watch groups work together to prevent crime. However, it is each individual's primary responsibility to be vigilant and proactive by taking the necessary basic precautions.
Doors and windows
Keep doors locked and windows closed, especially when not present.
Valuables on display
Refrain from displaying valuables or have them visible through windows. This includes TVs, computers, and other valuables, especially at night when it is easily observed from the street.
Security gates and bars
Ensure security gates and bars are in working order and properly secured.
Alarm systems are meant to provide occupants with early warning, deter intruders, and alert armed response without occupants having to request a response.
Ensure that you have updated contact details for your armed response control centre and local support groups.
ASK Contol room
All incidents should immediately be reported to SAPS, your security agency, and your neighbourhood watch to initiate the required activities.
Your security agency and neighbourhood watch will communicate area and incident-specific information as and when necessary.
These are the Feedback from the Ward Committee Meetings and other related matters. They are lodged in Date order going backwards.